October Photo Challenge 2019

October Photo Challenge 2019

I could describe all 31 of these photos in one word:  uninspired.  Honestly, I didn’t try very hard to get good pictures; I am just proud that I still haven’t missed a day.  Maybe I will get some better shots next month.

Also, I counted 16 pumpkins in these pictures.  Let me know if I missed any.

September Photo Challenge 2019

September Photo Challenge 2019

Each month, my photos seem to develop an unintentional theme (or two).  My mind was somewhat consumed with sunrise/sunset/golden hour for the first part of September.  I checked the sunrise and sunset forecast most days, hoping for a brilliant sky.  Sunrise became the subject of my photos on September 1, 6, and 8 (and later on day 21).  I chose photos of the pre-sunset golden hour on September 2, 3, and 5.  On September 12, I took photos of 6 different things before deciding that my best photo that day was of –you guessed it– the sunset.

At the end of the month, I kept taking pictures of yellow plants.  Maybe I’ve just been feeling really bright and sunny lately.

 

Simple Joy Saturday #58

Simple Joy Saturday #58

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

  1. Everyone should read Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. Upper-elementary students should read this book.  Teenagers should read this book.  Adults should read this book.  You should read this book.
  2. And after you finish Home of the Brave, you should read Extra Credit by Andrew Clements because sometimes children’s books can speak more truth than adult books.
  3. But if you must read an adult book, I suggest Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt.  It gave me a new fascination with the vastness and complexity of outer space. . . and a new appreciation for computers.

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The Last Days of Summer

The Last Days of Summer

Every time that I leave my grandparents’ house in Michigan, I wonder how long it will be before I make it back up there. Yet, I somehow find myself in Michigan every year, much to my delight (proof: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).  This weekend, my parents and I made the 14-hour northbound trip.  We spent 2 days with family, attended a wedding, and returned south.  As always, the long drive was worth it.

August Photo Challenge 2019

August Photo Challenge 2019

I’ve written and deleted half a dozen introductions to this post.  Here is a general summary of everything that I’ve thought about saying:

  • August 2019 may go down in history as the month that I fell in love with macro lenses (see photos 2, 13, 16, and 24).
  • In July I apologized for posting 4 photos of water.  This month I have to apologize for posting another 5 photos of water (see photos 1, 3, 13, 17, and 19).
  • Overall, this is my favorite month of photos (see photos 3, 4, 13, 17 and 18)
  • Every day, it gets a little harder to choose one of the 365 prompts (because every day, there is one less to choose from).
Simple Joy Saturday #57

Simple Joy Saturday #57

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

1.  One of the best stories that I read for my British and American short fiction class was “An Appointment with Love.” My classmates engaged in a friendly debate about whether this story was realistic.  If you have an opinion, please share.

2. I finished the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series this month (I started the series in June), and I cannot overstate how much I love these books.  I convinced the children’s literature professor at my alma mater to give the books a chance, and she read two of them within a week.  If you find even the slightest enjoyment in reading children’s literature, you have to read this series.

3. Do you remember Stephanie Meyer?  Yes, I mean the same Stephanie Meyer that started the nationwide obsession with vampires in 2008.  This month, I discovered a book that she published in 2016 titled The Chemist, and it is so good!  No vampires or werewolves are involved.

4. I usually only share 3 stories/books, but here is a bonus treasure:  Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.  

As I said in July, I am still making steady progress on my reading from the 100 Books Bucket List, but nothing is worth recommending.  Honestly, I wonder how some of these books made the list.

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A Mixed Bag of Wedding Photos and Literary Tangents

A Mixed Bag of Wedding Photos and Literary Tangents

Every time this year that someone asks me, “Has your summer been relaxing?,” I want to respond as Mr. Beaver responded to Susan Pevensie:  “Who said anything about relaxing?  ‘Course it isn’t relaxing.  But it’s good.  It’s the summer, I tell you.”  (I think that I could probably use quotations from Lemony Snicket and C.S. Lewis to  describe everything in life. But I digress.)

The highlight of these busy weeks was my brother’s wedding.  After several days of heavy downpours in Sarasota, we worried that the outdoor wedding would be a mixed bag of love and rain — in the same way that “a trip to the zoo would be a very mixed bag if the weather were beautiful, but all the man- and woman-eating lions were running around loose”  (and there’s your Snicket quote for the day).

holding hands prayer before wedding Sarasota

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